Online IEC Code Application Number and Form
Information Updated till 13th February, 2010
Step by Step Guide to Apply for IEC Code from DGFT - IEC Application Form, IEC Application
What is IEC Code IEC Code
is unique 10 digit code issued by DGFT – Director General of Foreign Trade , Ministry of Commerce,
Government of India to Indian Companies - Full From of IEC Code : “Importer Exporter Code ”. To
import or export in India, IEC Code is mandatory. No person or entity shall make any Import or Export
without IEC Code Number.
IEC Code No Notification
Directorate General of Foreign Trade(DGFT) issued a Policy Circular No.15 (RE-2006)/2004-2009
Date: 27th July, 2006) for New System for issuance of Importer-Exporter Code Number.
Eligibility, Legal Provisions and Conditions for IEC Code
Eligibility condition and Legal Provisions are given for IEC Code Number Application in Foreign
Trade (Regulation) Rules, 1993 Ministry of Commerce, Notification No. GSR 791 (E), dated 30-12-
Application for Grant of IEC Number
An application for grant of IEC number shall be made by the Registered/Head Office of the applicant
and apply to the nearest Regional Authority of Directorate General Foreign Trade, the Registered office
in case of company and Head office in case of others, falls in the ‘Aayaat Niryaat Form - ANF2A’ and
shall be accompanied by documents prescribed therein. In case of STPI/ EHTP/ BTP units, the
Regional Offices of the DGFT having jurisdiction over the district in which the Registered/ Head
Office of the STPI unit is located shall issue or amend the IECs.
Only one IEC would be issued against a single PAN number. Any proprietor can have only one IEC
number and in case there are more than one IECs allotted to a proprietor, the same may be surrendered
to the Regional Office for cancellation.
IEC Code Online Application Form
The application can be download Form in PDF or Word. This is called "Aayaat Niryaat Form -
ANF2A". Along with IEC Code Number Application Form it is necessary to submit Appendix-18B
Attested by Applicant's Banker in his letter head with two passport size photo).
List Of Regional Authorities Of DGFT And The Corresponding
Office of Reserve Bank Of India, Exchange Control Department
Validity of IEC Code No
An IEC number allotted to an applicant shall be valid for all its branches/divisions/units/factories as
indicated in the format of IEC given in Appendix- 18B.
Duplicate Copy of IEC Number
Where an IEC Number is lost or misplaced, the issuing authority may consider requests for grant of a
duplicate copy of IEC number, if accompanied by an affidavit.
Surrender of IEC Number
If an IEC holder does not wish to operate the allotted IEC number, he may surrender the same by
informing the issuing authority. On receipt of such intimation, the issuing authority shall immediately
cancel the same and electronically transmit it to DGFT for onward transmission to the Customs and
Application Fee For IEC Code Number
Application Fee : Rs 250.00
Mode of Payment : In Demand Draft of any Bank or Payment through EFT ( Electronic Fund Transfer
by Nominated Bank by DGFT Like HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, State Bank of India, UTI Bank, Punjab
National Bank, Central Bank etc) or Application fee can deposited by TR6 Challan with Duplicate
Copy in any branch of Central Bank of India and TR6 Challan need to be submit along with IEC Code
Specified fee shall be paid for making an application under any provision of the Policy and Handbook
of Procedure Volume-I.. The scale of fee, mode of payment, procedure for refund of fee and the
categories of persons exempted from the payment of fee are contained in Appendix-21B.
Territorial Jurisdiction of Regional Authorities
Every application, unless otherwise specified, shall be submitted to the Regional Authority of
Directorate General Foreign Trade, as per the territorial jurisdiction of the Regional authorities
indicated in Policy and Handbook of Procedure Volume-I.
Filing of Application
Application can be filed online in DGFT website,
Every application for an Import/Export licence/ certificate/ Authorisation/ permission or any other
purpose should be complete in all respects as required under the relevant provisions of the
Policy/Procedures and shall be signed by the applicant as defined in paragraph 9.9 of the Policy. An
incomplete application is liable to be rejected giving specific reason for rejection. However in case of
manual applications, the applicant would furnish a soft copy of the application in MS word format.
Profile of Importer/ Exporter
Each Importer/Exporter shall be required to file importer/ exporter profile once with the Regional
Authority in Part 1 of ‘Aayaat Niryaat Form - ANF2A’. Regional Authority shall enter the information
furnished in Part 1 of ‘Aayaat Niryaat Form ANF-2A’ in their database so as to dispense with the need
for asking the repetitive information. In case of any change in the information given in Part 1 of
‘Aayaat Niryaat Form ANF-2A’, importer/exporter shall intimate the same to the Regional Authority.
Self Addressed Stamped Envelope
The applicant shall furnish a self addressed envelope of 40 x 15 cm with postal stamp affixed on the
envelope as follows for all documents required to be sent by Speed Post:
a Within local area Rs. 20.00
b Up to 200 Kms. Rs. 25.00
c Between 200 to 1000 Kms Rs. 30.00
d Beyond 1000 Kms. Rs. 50.00
IEC No: Exempted Categories
The following categories of importers or exporters are exempted from obtaining Importer - Exporter
Code (IEC) number:
1. Importers covered by clause 3 (1) [except sub-clauses (e) and (l)] and exporters covered by
clause 3(2) [except sub-clauses (i) and (k)] of the Foreign Trade (Exemption from application of
Rules in certain cases) Order, 1993.
2. Ministries/Departments of the Central or State Government.
3. Persons importing or exporting goods for personal use not connected with trade or manufacture
4. Persons importing/exporting goods from/to Nepal provided the CIF value of a single
consignment does not exceed Indian Rs.25,000.
5. Persons importing/exporting goods from/to Myanmar through Indo-Myanmar border areas
provided the CIF value of a single consignment does not exceed Indian Rs.25,000.
However, the exemption from obtaining Importer-Exporter Code (IEC) number shall not be
applicable for the export of Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipments and
Technologies (SCOMET) as listed in Appendix- 3, Schedule 2 of the ITC(HS) except in the
case of exports by category(ii) above.
6. The following permanent IEC numbers shall be used by the categories of importers/ exporters
mentioned against them for import/ export purposes..
S.No Code Number Categories of Importers / Exporters
All Ministries / Departments of Central Government and agencies wholly or
partially owned by them.
All Ministries / Departments of any State Government and agencies wholly or
partially owned by them.
Diplomatic personnel, Counselor officers in India and officials of UNO and its
4 0100000045 Indians returning from / going abroad and claiming benefit under Baggage Rules.
Persons / Institutions / Hospitals importing or exporting goods for personnel use,
not connected with trade or manufacture or agriculture.
6 0100000061 Persons importing / exporting goods from /to Nepal
Persons importing / exporting goods from /to Myanmar through Indo-Myanmar
8 0100000088 Ford Foundation
Importers importing goods for display or use in fairs / exhibitions or similar events
9 0100000096 under provisions of ATA carnet This IEC number can also be used by importers
importing for exhibitions/fairs as per Para 2.29 of HBPv1.
Director, National Blood Group Reference Laboratory, Bombay or their authorized
Individuals / Charitable Institution /Registered NGOs importing goods, which have
11 0100000126 been exempted from Customs duty under Notification issued by Ministry of
Finance for bonafide use by victims affected by natural calamity.
Persons importing / exporting permissible goods as notified from time to time,
12 0100000134 from / to China through Gunji, Namgaya Shipkila and Nathula ports, subject to
value ceilings of single consignment as given in Para 2.8(iv) above.
Non-commercial imports and exports by entities who have been authorized by
Reserve Bank of India.
Note: Commercial Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) who have obtained PAN will however be required
to obtain Importer Exporter Code number. The permanent IEC number as mentioned above, shall be
used by non-commercial PSUs.
Guidelines for Application of IEC Code Number
Mandatory Requirements to apply for IEC Code Number
Current Bank Account
IEC Code Number Application Fee Rs 250.00
Pay via EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer ), and submit IEC Online Application form, If you wish to
receive IEC Number instantly)
The physical application containing required documents should reach DGFT RLA concerned within 15
days of its online submission.
E-mail will facilitate faster communication.
Check List of Documents to apply for IEC Code
Covering Letter for issue of new IEC Code Number.
Two copies of the application in prescribed format ( Aayaat Niryaat Form ANF 2A ) the
regional Jt.DGFT Office.
Each l page of the application to be signed by the applicant.
Part 1 & Part 4 to be filled in by all applicants. In case of applications submitted electronically.
No hard copies of Part 1 may be submitted. However in cases where applications are submitted
otherwise, hard copy of Part 1has to be submitted.
Only relevant portions of Part 2 need to be filled in.
Rs 250.00 Bank Receipt (in duplicate)/Demand Draft/EFT details evidencing payment of
application fee in terms of Appendix 21B.
Certificate from the Banker of the applicant firm in the format given in Appendix 18A.
Self certified copy of PAN issuing letter or PAN (Permanent Account Number) Card by I T
Two copies of passport size photographs of the applicant duly attested by the applicant’s Banker
Self addresses envelope with Rs.25/- postal stamp for delivery of IEC certificate by registered
post or challan/DD of Rs.100/- for speed post.